Svetlana Gannushkina

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Svetlana Gannushkina in 2009

Svetlana Alekseevna Gannushkina (Russian: Светла́на Алексе́евна Га́ннушкина, born 6 March 1942) is a mathematician and human rights activist in Russia who was reported to have been a serious contender for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.[1]


Gannushkina worked for many years as a professor of mathematics at a Moscow university. In 1990, she helped to found the group Citizen’s Assistance (Grazhdanskoe Sodeistvie), an NGO which campaigns for human rights, particularly with regard to immigrants and refugees in Russian society.[2] Since 2015 the organization is labelled a "foreign agent" by the Russian government.[2]

Gannushkina is a member of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights.[3] She is also on the council of Memorial, a society dedicated to the remembrance of victims of Soviet repression.


In 2006, she was awarded the Homo Homini Award for human rights activism by the Czech group People in Need.[4]

In 2016, Gannushkina received the Right Livelihood Award, often referred to as "Alternative Nobel Prize", in Stockholm, Sweden, "for her decades-long commitment to promoting human rights and justice for refugees and forced migrants, and tolerance among different ethnic groups".[5]

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  1. ^ "Internet 'in running' for Nobel Peace Prize". BBC News. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b The Nobel Peace Prize: Who will win this year?, BBC News (6 October 2016)
  3. ^ "Human Rights Defender in Russia: Svetlana Alekseevna Gannushkina". Amnesty International. 9 December 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Previous Recipients of the Homo Homini Award". People in Need. Archived from the original on 1 May 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Svetlana Gannushkina | The Right Livelihood Award". Retrieved 2018-05-14.